In many ways, epilepsy is a ‘forgotten’ disease! Even though it is more common than Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, it is considered ‘rare’, and misunderstanding and fear about epilepsy and seizures remains widespread. The stigma surrounding the condition often compels people to hide their condition, and can lead to low self-esteem, depression and suicide. One of the key goals of Epilepsy Action Australia is to increase awareness and understanding about epilepsy and to do this we utilise the enthusiasm and talents of our team of incredible volunteer speakers.
Training is provided to all of our volunteer speakers who promote Epilepsy Action’s services and activities as well as educate on epilepsy and first-aid to community and professional groups, and care providers.
Many of our speakers have epilepsy or have been directly affected by the condition and are passionate about speaking out about the impact and major effects of having the condition. The presentations are positive in nature and highlight the organisation’s vision of ‘optimal living for people with epilepsy’.
Our dedicated volunteer speakers are vital in changing public misconceptions so people with epilepsy can participate with understanding in all areas of their local communities.
Help Us Spread the Word
Volunteering as an Epilepsy Action speaker provides a great opportunity to educate and inform on an incredibly important cause. As well as receiving professional training, you will gain experience in public speaking and networking skills.
We have numerous speakers around the country of various ages and experiences, and we are always looking for new speakers to join us!
Request a Speaker
One of our volunteer speakers would be happy to speak about epilepsy at your next function, workplace, school or community event.
Types of presentations include:
- Community groups – e.g. service clubs, sporting clubs, senior groups, schools and business groups wishing to know more about epilepsy and Epilepsy Action’s services
- Thank you presentations – we are happy to provide a representative to thank any group that has raised money or provided support for the organisation and discuss the way the money will be used and the difference it will make
- Guest speaker presentations – volunteers are often willing to share their personal stories about life with epilepsy to help foster greater public understanding.
To find out more about volunteer speaking or to request a speaker for your next event, please contact Fiona on 1300 37 45 37 or use the contact form below.